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Skywhales at Sunrise

Join us on Saturday 17 April at Lavington Sports Ground for a once-in-a-childhood experience and see these amazing Skywhale sculptures rise from the ground and take to the skies at sunrise.

Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhales: Every heart sings is heading to Albury. Skywhale, Skywhalepapa and their nine babies will begin their national tour here in Albury, coming to us from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

It will be cold at sunrise, so dress warmly with waterproof shoes if possible. Bring a torch, thermos, snacks and blanket to sit on as camp/folding chairs are not allowed on the grounds (wheelchairs ok).  Balls are also not allowed on the oval during the event.

The flight will be weather dependent and if conditions are unsuitable for flight we'll notify all ticketed guests via email early on the 17 April. The Skywhales will take off (weather permitting) at sunrise.

Coffee vans will be on site with refreshments available for purchase

Bookings essential for Skywhales at Sunrise

Skywhale and Skywhalepapa will inflate from 5.15am, and if nature allows it they will take off and fly across the skies of Albury from 6.30am.

Artwork Facts

  • Skywhalepapa is the taller of the two at 30 meters tall
  • Taking on 4.5 tonnes of air, Skywhalepapa takes around 30-40 minutes to inflate
  • 3.6km of fabric was used to create Skywhalepapa

Read more about the artist Patricia Piccinini and the Skywhales at Know My Name

The event will conclude at 7.30am at the Lavington Sports Ground

Kids Activity

Decorate your own Skywhale, photograph it and sent it to for a chance to see your Skywhale on the big screen at Skywhales at Sunrise.

Download the colouring-in sheet.

Skywhales colouring in sheet

This event follows COVID safety measures with allocated areas for ticketed guests and is wheelchair accessible.

Skywhales event map

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We are COVID Safe

We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and are committed to keeping you safe.

  • We practice physical distancing, please ensure you maintain a space of 1.5m from others at all times while visiting our facility
  • We wash and sanitise our hands frequently
  • We facilitate COVID Safe record keeping - a QR code is available for registration for contact tracing purposes only
  • We are committed the wellbeing of our people and our community

If you feel unwell, we ask that you do not attend.

Remember that COVID-19 symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, headache or shortness of breath.

Skywhales: Every heart sings is a National Gallery of Australia Touring Event, supported by principal partner The Naomi Milgrom Foundation and Visions Australia, and is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series presented by the National Gallery of Australia.

[#PatriciaPiccinini, 'Skywhale', 2013, Gift of anonymous donor 2019 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2020]

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Saturday 17 April 2021, 5:00 am - 7:30 am
Lavington Sports Ground
Bookings are essential for Skywhales at Sunrise.

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